40 week appointment. Looks like it is time..

*SIGH* (lots of rambling to follow...)

I hate making this decision, but I'm pretty sure I'm going for the induction on Thursday. I talked it over with my husband and doctor, and they generally don't let patients go more than 41 weeks, which I will be on Sunday, so if I didn't do it this week it would be some time early next week. Right now our conditions are favorable for an induction, I had a non stress test today and the baby is looking good. The longer I wait the higher the risk of my placenta getting bad, meconium in the amniotic fluid, fetal distress, etc., But then again there are the risks for the induction as well. It just seems I'm not going to be completely comfortable no matter what I decide, and that is disappointing. If I wait too long there are risks, and I'm not completely comfortable with the induction either, but in the meantime I know that in the last week I can't sleep anymore and am exhausted, my physical limitations are making it almost impossible to do anything and am scared to go anywhere myself or drive, from a medical standpoint I am perfectly fine though. My bishops score is very favorable for an induction, and my doctor assures me that he would not recommend this if he didn't think that my body and the baby weren't ready.

My hesitation last week was that I wasn't even past my due date, and I didn't like the fact that I wasn't sure if my doctor was offering this to simply avoid any interruptions on the holiday for the doctor on call. I do feel more comfortable with the decison now that I am past my due date, but I just can't shake the feeling that I hate to rush things and simply decide to end what will most likely be my last pregnancy.

The thing is no matter what anyone says I will play devils advocate, so it is pointless for anyone to try reason with me either way at this point, because I'll just say "Yeah, but.." and unfortunately that is just a flaw of mine. I'm just driving myself and everyone else crazy at this point, so I'm just going to go for it. April 12th seems like a nice day, right? It beats Friday the 13th!

I hope I am doing the right thing. Can you tell I don't like making big decisions? Thanks for letting me ramble, my mind is such a mess right now and I'm a wee bit freaked out!


I think you will make the best decision for you and your baby. No matter how it happens - the ultimate goal is a healthy baby and a healthy mommy.

Whatever you decide to do - best of luck.

Can't wait to see pictures of your new baby!
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You could always say no. You have that right. Technically, you won't be past your due date for another 1.5 weeks. Pregnancy lasts 38-42 weeks, so you're not "overdue" til you hit 42 weeks. Your placenta and amniotic fluid will hold out...that's really just a scare tactic...you could just consent to a fetal monitoring a couple times a week til you go into labor spontaneously if you want assurance that everything is OK with baby.

I just hate to see unnecessary inductions, even in an experienced mom, because it adds an element of risk that really doesn't need to be there. My neighbor was induced on Thursday last week. It was her second baby, and she was 2 days past her due date, no problems, first delivery was easy, and her cervix was supposedly ripe. Well...it failed and she had a c-sec, and she's still in the hospital and today is Tuesday. Her 2 year old is apparently a mess missing her mommy for 6 days.

Good luck whatever you decide...just do what YOU want to do. Your husband and the OB aren't having the baby...you are.
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I was under the impression that due dates are just an approximation, and that you can go up to 2 weeks after due date. I'd personally want to know why they picked 41 weeks as opposed to 42 weeks, especially if there's nothing wrong with your condition.


But yea, I'm sure you're frekin uncomfortable.


I've heard that nipple stimulation can help speed things up.
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Good luck Imagen!

I know those last few weeks of pregnancy are pretty uncomfortable, and I can't blame you one bit for opting for the induction. (I know our due dates were really close, and I can't imagine still being pregnant now!) I know you will do great, and soon you will have a beautiful baby as a reward for all of your hard work!!
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You could always say no. You have that right. Technically, you won't be past your due date for another 1.5 weeks. Pregnancy lasts 38-42 weeks, so you're not "overdue" til you hit 42 weeks. Your placenta and amniotic fluid will hold out...that's really just a scare tactic...you could just consent to a fetal monitoring a couple times a week til you go into labor spontaneously if you want assurance that everything is OK with baby.

I just hate to see unnecessary inductions, even in an experienced mom, because it adds an element of risk that really doesn't need to be there. My neighbor was induced on Thursday last week. It was her second baby, and she was 2 days past her due date, no problems, first delivery was easy, and her cervix was supposedly ripe. Well...it failed and she had a c-sec, and she's still in the hospital and today is Tuesday. Her 2 year old is apparently a mess missing her mommy for 6 days.

Good luck whatever you decide...just do what YOU want to do. Your husband and the OB aren't having the baby...you are.
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I agree with all of this.

I was under the impression that due dates are just an approximation, and that you can go up to 2 weeks after due date. I'd personally want to know why they picked 41 weeks as opposed to 42 weeks, especially if there's nothing wrong with your condition.
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Webbie, I think they pick 41 weeks just to cover their a$$es from lawsuits--OBs are sued pretty often, and that has had a big impact on maternity care. Unfortunately, that means sometimes doing what is best for the doctor, not the woman or her baby.

Imagen, if you go for the induction, I hope you do it because it's what you think is best. Make sure to ask your doctor about risks/side effects of the methods they use for induction and do some of your own research too.

I'm not trying to sound negative with my posts here, I just like to encourage women to advocate for themselves in their obstetrical care.

Good luck!

Imagen, if you go for the induction, I hope you do it because it's what you think is best. Make sure to ask your doctor about risks/side effects of the methods they use for induction and do some of your own research too.

I'm not trying to sound negative with my posts here, I just like to encourage women to advocate for themselves in their obstetrical care.

Good luck!
Originally Posted by iris427
It's hard to know what is "best" at this point. Waiting has its pros and cons, risks and rewards, as does the induction. They aren't giving me cervadil as my cervix is already effaced. They will give me pitocin to start contractions and an epidural is optional. I figure since they gave me pitocin and an epidural with my last labor that began naturally there isn't much difference in risk I am taking this time around with the same drugs, side effect wise. Now I may be wrong about that, seeing as the last time I went into labor naturally, and I don't know if those drugs could have a different effect on a body that hasn't naturally gone into labor. That is something I still have to ask the doctor. I'm keeping in mind that I don't have to go through with it tomorrow after I get there and talk to the doctors. I really don't care if I piss them off or not, if I get there and it just doesn't feel right I'm not going to do it..but I don't know if I'm going to know that until I get there and talk to them.

No matter what choice I make I'm never going to be sure it is the "right" one. I know this baby is going to come out at some point either way, and the only thing that matters to me is that we both come out of it OK.


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try to filter out the fear tactics, from both the natural and induction perspectives. that's the last thing you need on your plate right now.

maybe the more you rest and the less you think about either option, things will begin to progress for you. stress can absolutely hold up labor.

good luck with your delivery. i'm sure everything will work out fine.
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I hope that everything goes smoothly tomorrow if you choose to go through with it. If you change your mind, I hope that things hurry up for you! Good luck!


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Imagen, if you go for the induction, I hope you do it because it's what you think is best. Make sure to ask your doctor about risks/side effects of the methods they use for induction and do some of your own research too.

I'm not trying to sound negative with my posts here, I just like to encourage women to advocate for themselves in their obstetrical care.

Good luck!
Originally Posted by iris427
It's hard to know what is "best" at this point. Waiting has its pros and cons, risks and rewards, as does the induction. They aren't giving me cervadil as my cervix is already effaced. They will give me pitocin to start contractions and an epidural is optional. I figure since they gave me pitocin and an epidural with my last labor that began naturally there isn't much difference in risk I am taking this time around with the same drugs, side effect wise. Now I may be wrong about that, seeing as the last time I went into labor naturally, and I don't know if those drugs could have a different effect on a body that hasn't naturally gone into labor. That is something I still have to ask the doctor. I'm keeping in mind that I don't have to go through with it tomorrow after I get there and talk to the doctors. I really don't care if I piss them off or not, if I get there and it just doesn't feel right I'm not going to do it..but I don't know if I'm going to know that until I get there and talk to them.

No matter what choice I make I'm never going to be sure it is the "right" one. I know this baby is going to come out at some point either way, and the only thing that matters to me is that we both come out of it OK.
Originally Posted by imagen
And I'm sure you will both come out of it OK! I understand it's hard to know what's best, of course.

Sorry, I feel like I have come across as negative and fear-mongering in this thread and that is SO not what I intended.

Like rainshower said, try not to get too stressed out about either option.

Why won't you make that eggplant, missy? Don't you like good food?

I'm also dying to know if it was coincidence that I went into labor a few hours after eating it.
Sounds to me like you are well-informed and have thought this through a lot. Do what you want and what you feel is right.

Good luck.
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Why won't you make that eggplant, missy? Don't you like good food?

I'm also dying to know if it was coincidence that I went into labor a few hours after eating it.
Originally Posted by medussa
I read recently that it's not the eggplant. It's the basil and some other herb. Maybe oregano.


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Oh honey I know exactly what you mean!
For DD#2, I was a week and a half past my due date and going to the dr every day. The day before she was born I cried all over his sleeve when he said 'Nothing yet'!!! I know what 'tired of being pregnant' means!
If its any consolation, the next day he checked me, asked if I was hurting, I said no. He said I was four cm dilated- go directly to hospital! She was born in less than an hour.
You do what's best for you. It's terrible to be mentally and physically exhausted from the pregnancy, b/c labor, delivery and a newborn will all require the little you have left!!
Sending prayers for a quick delivery and a healthy baby!!
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Why won't you make that eggplant, missy? Don't you like good food?

I'm also dying to know if it was coincidence that I went into labor a few hours after eating it.
Originally Posted by medussa
Hee! You know, I was thinking about getting the ingredients for it today. We're going to the store to stock up on things so we don't have to worry about going for a while. I have about 50 bajillion things I want to get done today though, so if you'd like to come and make it for me while I scramble to nest you're more than welcome!

I may be able to talk my mother into making it, but she is making me a huge pot of my favorite veggie soup to have afterwards. I won't even consider asking my husband to make it!

That does sound awfully good right now. I don't even know if I have restrictions on what I can eat tonight?


Sending many hugs, and labor vibes.

I know that you will make the right choice, and you and baby are going to be just fine.

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